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How Do I Know If I Am at Risk for a Stroke?

Did you know that stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the United States?

During American Stroke Awareness Month, our team at AFC Urgent Care Southcenter wants you to know what steps you can take to reduce your risk of stroke during your lifetime. Read on as we offer some insight.

Am I at Risk for Stroke?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 795,000 people in the United States have a stroke each year. Although anyone can experience a stroke, there are certain factors that can put you at a higher risk.

People who have high blood pressure, uncontrolled diabetes, heart disease and/or a family history of stroke are at an increased risk. In addition, smoking can also raise your risk of stroke, which is why it is important to practice smoking cessation as soon as possible if you are a smoker.

Symptoms of Stroke

  • Weakness or numbness in your arms and/or legs, usually on one side of the body
  • Difficulty speaking
  • Dizziness
  • Vision changes
  • Tingling
  • Abnormal taste and/or smells
  • Confusion
  • Loss of balance

Can a Stroke Be Prevented?

While there are some factors of stroke that cannot be controlled—like your gender, age and family medical history—there are things you can do to help reduce your risk of stroke.

Living a healthy lifestyle is key. If you have a chronic medical condition, like high blood pressure or diabetes, follow your doctor's directions for helping manage the condition effectively. If you're carrying excess weight, take steps to lose weight to lower your risk.

Tips to Maintain a Healthy Weight

  • Exercise regularly.
  • Eat a healthy breakfast,
  • Include plenty of protein in your daily diet.
  • Choose healthy carbs, such as vegetables and whole grains.
  • Lift weights.
  • Get enough quality sleep.

If you or a loved one experience stroke symptoms, call 911 for immediate medical attention. For non-emergency medical issues, visit AFC Urgent Care Southcenter for a diagnosis and treatment plan.

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